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Friday, August 9, 2013
Apple Ridge Farm has received donations from two foundations to assist with its academic summer camps.
The 96-acre educational camp and conference facility in Copper Hill is celebrating 25 years providing camp and after-school programs to more than 70,000 children, ages 6 to 16, in the Roanoke Valley.
Roanoke educator Peter Lewis founded Apple Ridge Farm in 1978 to equip young people from low-income families and public housing developments with the skills and self-esteem needed to contend with and overcome daily barriers, build self-confidence and leadership skills and encourage academic success.
The Food Lion Charitable Foundation recently donated $2,500 to Apple Ridge to provide daily lunches during the 25th summer camp. The Food Lion foundation, established in 2001, provides financial support to programs and organizations dedicated to feeding the hungry in the communities it serves.
The American Electric Power Foundation recently gave Apple Ridge $25,000 to provide camp scholarships and assist with programming. This foundation was created in 2005 and funds initiatives in its 11-state service area that focus on improving education; protecting the environment; providing basic human services in the areas of hunger, housing, health and safety and enriching the quality of life through art, music and cultural heritage.
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Bryce Oakes of Snow Creek is the recipient of a $500 scholarship check from the Friends of Booker T. Washington National Monument.
Bryce is a 2013 graduate of Franklin County High School and will attend Virginia Tech this fall to major in animal science. He is the son of Terry and Rita Oakes.
The Friends of Booker T. Washington National Monument established the scholarship in 2012 to honor the legacy of Washington, the educator.
Awarded to a Franklin County High School graduating senior, the scholarship is based on grade-point average, extracurricular activities, awards, financial need, teacher recommendations and an essay titled “The Importance of Education to Booker T. Washington Throughout His Life.”
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The Roanoke Valley Academy of Medicine Alliance recently distributed proceeds from its 15th annual book and author dinner to three organizations and to its scholarship fund.
Of the $28,000 in proceeds, Carilion Adolescent Health Clinics received $5,000, Children’s Trust received $5,000 and Roanoke Valley Speech & Hearing received $3,274.
The remainder will fund RAMA Foundation scholarships to Roanoke-area students pursuing health-related careers.
RAMA, composed of about 200 local physician spouses, is an educational and charitable organization that emphasizes improving of quality of life by health education and service through volunteer activities.
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